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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 22, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                THURSDAY Moore signs scholarship with Page 10 50 CENTS New Braunfels 16 pages in one section Thursday May Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Cheryl Koepp Vol 145 No 136 Inside Dear Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Cheryl Koepp Amber Dun can Lorenzo Yankee Camaril lo Leticip Gonzales J R Landin 40 years Diana C Rodriguez 33 years Alia Vodron Yvonne Moreno Happy anniversary wishes to Mr and Mrs Manuel Camareno 35 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259J 44 Pollen Count Mold Grass 24 River Information Comal River 270 cubic feet per sec ond down 4 from Wednesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level same as Wednesday Canyon Dam discharge 713 cfs Canyon Lake inflow Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation The outflow will remain the same throughout the weekend unless heavy rains occur New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Wednesday and million gallons of well water were used Weekend weather looks promising Looks like pleasant weather is on tap for the Memorial Day weekend although rain has a small chance of disrupting out door plans Tonights forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms lows in the upper 60s and southeast winds 5 to 10 mph Friday also has a 30 percent chance of rain with highs near 80 degrees The outlook for the weekend calls for temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees and only a chance of rain Mondays Memorial Day calls for temperatures to reach 90 degrees and clear skies All Interstate 35 lanes now open Though construction contin ues on I35 all lanes are now open and southbound traffic should flow more smoothly The road should be free of lane closures for the next three or four months Just say no to illegal painting With the emergence of sum mer comes outoftown painting companies soliciting business to paint residential curbs with street addresses The only problem is that it is illegal pro hibited by city ordinance offi cials said Several such companies already have been going door todoor passing out fliers to paint curbs with residential addresses City officials are urging peo ple not to buy those services but to post addresses in visible locations on their houses The reason for the prohibition is to ensure visibility for emer gency personnel and to make sure the posting will endure Mayor hosts brown bag lunch Join Mayor Jan Kennady for a brown bag lunch at noon Friday at the municipal building TxDOT to start 281 overpass in October County group plans to seek lowering of speed limit By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Comal County residents who trav el 281 every day are keenly aware that changes need to be made to improve safety for the highways travelers At least one of those changes is on the way The Texas Department of Trans portation finalized plans Monday for an overpass at 281 and Farm to Market Road 1863 Construction on the million project is scheduled to begin in late October Safety concerns are definitely a major reason for this said Greg Malatek interim area engineer for TxDOT Comal County Commissioner Dan ny Scheel said the overpass would be a big plus and that traffic lights approved for installation on Texas 46 at 281 would improve safety on the highway but reducing the speed limit would provide the greatest ben efit We are actively pursuing a 55 mph speed limit from county line to county line on 281 to better pro tect our Scheel said He said TxDOT has jurisdiction over speed limits and construction on 281 The current speed limit is Somebody behind a desk in Austin who has never been out there is setting the speed Danny Scheel Comal County Commissioner 70 mph on all but one halfmile stretch of the said Somebody behind a desk in Austin who has never been out there is setting the speed Scheel said Were out there every day and see all of the near misses and those that dont miss like the carbus wreck out there last David Otwell spokesman for TxDOT said his agency did consider citizen concerns when setting speed limits on state highways When the federal government changed the parameters for speed lim its we worked with area engineers to set the speed limits and we are continuing to review and evaluate those Otwell said But we will not arbitrarily lower speed limits based on the comments of the local Otwell said a meeting to explain the departments criteria for setting speed limits and to hear citizen com ments was scheduled June 12 at the departments district office in San Antonio Scheel said an allout lobbying effort was being organized in an attempt to get the speed limit low ered County officials school board members and residents plan to attend Carving a future HeraldZeitung photo by David DeKunder Paul Sjulson works on one of his many woodwork creations he will be displaying at the Texas State Arts and Crafts Fair in Kerrville during the Memorial Day weekend With his artistic talents Sjulson makes serving trays lazy Susans and coasters out of many varieties of wood Wood workers carve a niche at Canyon Lake By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer CANYON LAKE After Tom and Kathy Sayres moved to Canyon Lake from Houston seven years ago they figured they would kick back relax and enjoy creating designs from wood The Sayres who retired from working for oil field service com panies in Houston probably did not figure that they would work as hard in their retirement on carving wood designs as they did on their jobs Not that the Sayres mind In terms of labor hours we prob ably have worked as many hours as we did when we were working in Tom said When you work at something you like to do and enjoy you lose track of The Sayres certainly enjoy creat ing table lamps floor lamps trea sure chests lamp bases pen boxes mantle clocks clamshell shaped boxes and perfume applicators from different varieties of wood in the shop beside their home The couples artistry with wood has gained them recognition They will be showing their designs at the Texas State Arts and Crafts Fair in KeiTville Memorial Day weekend from Friday to Monday on the cam pus of Schreiner College What has turned heads toward the Sayres work is their unique way of inlaying designs with turquoise and making it look as if the turquoise grows into the wood People will say did you find the wood like that Kathy said We take that as a compliment because we want to make it look like it grew in The process by which the couple makes the turquoise grow goes like this First Kathy carves out a design in the wood with a woodburning brush After she completes that process the turquoise nuggets are inlaid into the design The last steps are sanding polishing and coating the wood to make the design come to life Turn to Carvers Page 2 Spring Branch VFD moves to new home By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer SPRING BRANCH When the new Spring Branch Volunteer Fire Department station opens in two weeks Fire Chief Bob Walker will have a lot of elbow room Right now the main fire station at 281 and Farm to Market 311 is so cramped that every time maintenance needs to be done on one of the fire trucks firefighters have to pull the truck out of the station and perform the work outside We cant even check the oil on two of them without opening the Walker said There is no room to open the hoods of the trucks plus we have five trucks and four bays which makes it hard to get in and The fire department will have the grand opening of the new station June 7 The station is almost completed Walker said the new station would be three times as big as the current facility For one we will have a maintenance area with a pit and office Walker said Right now we have a desk in the middle of the truck bay It will be built to serve 50 to 60 years and it will handle the expansion for bigger trucks and The new station will include two Turn to Firehouse Page 3 Herald Zeitung photo by David DeKunder Spring Branch Fire Chief Bob Walker does maintenance work on a vehi the meeting to voice their support for lowering the speed limit Scheel said he applauded one peti tion drive aimed at getting overpass es built at every intersection along the highway but he expressed doubt as to its success Those bridges theyre talking about cost around million apiece with a price tag like that the bridges are not going to Scheel said Bulverde resident Bob Barton agreed that the overpass and a reduced speed limit would help but he said better enforcement of the existing speed limit would improve safety on the road If they would park a patrolman by the road from about to about in the morning things would definitely slow Barton said Mixing church and state man calls for prayer Ten Commandments in Comal courts By ABE LEVY Staff Writer In a push to renew fundamental beliefs in God and the Bible a New Braunfels man is circulating a peti tion to pest the Ten Commandments in local courtrooms and open proceed ings with prayer Ralph Wall a 64yearold western artist who moved to New Braunfels from Houston in 1978 said he began circulating the petition two weeks ago among Comal County officials and residents The move Wall said was designed to support Alabama Circuit Judge Roy Moore whose appeal to continue open ing court with prayer and posting the Ten Commandments in his courtroom is pending before the Alabama State Supreme Court A circuit judge ruled in favor of the American Civil Liberties Union several months ago blocking Moores policy on prayer and requiring him to remove or alter a display of the Ten Com mandments from behind his bench Alabama Gov Fob James has said he would call out the National Guard and state troopers if anyone tried to remove the plaque of the Ten Com mandments from Moores courtroom The Alabama Attorney General sided with Moore and the House of Representatives passed a resolution supporting the judges position Meanwhile a group of clergy filed a court brief opposing the judges prayer policy and the plaque claiming it cre ated an official preference for and favoritism of Christianity if not Protes tantism over other Local proponents of the petition said they believe Moses would turn over in his grave upon hearing the way courts based their rulings But opponents say the move would promote one religion unfairly and jeop ardize the presumed unbiased arena of government Citing men like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson Wall said Americas founding fathers depend ed on God and included JudeoChris tiau values such as the Ten Com mandments in such government doc uments as the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence Walls petition quotes Washington as saying It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the The Constitution he says was designed to protect government from intruding the church not the church from influencing government Turn to Court Page 2 Race benefits participants community Page 4   

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